Hojai Bar Association have forwarded a memorandum to The Chief Justice of India through the additional district and session judge N S Deuri at Sankardev Nagar in Assam’s Hojai on Thursday, demanding for the directions for the resumption of physical functioning of courts under the jurisdiction of Gauhati High Court and reopening of bar rooms and offices of bar association.
Copies of the memorandum were also sent to Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, chairman of Bar Council of India, New Delhi and Chairman Bar Council of Assam, Guwahati.
Earlier, all the members of Hojai Bar Association maintaining social distancing and hygiene norms, held a demonstration infront of Bar office holding placards that read the message ‘We Demand Physical Courts’ and they raised their voice for the resumption of physical courts.
Talking to the reporters, president of Hojai Bar Association Ruhina Waris Choudhary along with general secretary Amar Jyoti Saika expressed the plight of the lawyers for last three months arising due to closure of physical courts.
They said, “Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic the physical courts were closed and as such lawyers are facing many problems like adapt to new technology all of a sudden to opt for virtual proceedings, financial crisis, among others and local public is also facing lots of hardships due to this uncertain situation.”
“Now, we want for smooth functioning of judiciary and ensuring proper justice to the public, like earlier the proceeding of courts must begin, abiding by government guidelines,” they added.
Notably, in the memorandum, the Hojai Bar Association has put forward 18 points that needs attention of the Apex Court, for proper funtioning of judicial institutions under the jurisdiction of Gauhati High Court.